Community Engagement Initiative Continues with January 23rd Leadership Institute


The Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative (“CEI”) continues with an all-day “Leadership Institute” scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at the Woods Community Center in Burke Centre. The “Leadership Institute” is a first-of-its-kind event in Fairfax County. Developed with a team that included myself, county officials, representatives from Volunteer Fairfax and the Braddock District Council, the Institute is targeted for those who are, or wish to be, officers and directors of civic and homeowners’ associations, PTA’s, scout troops, community pools, and community-based volunteer and non-profit organizations.

Current and future community leaders who attend the workshop will learn about techniques for developing and sustaining a vision for their communities and organizations and ways to reach out to diverse membership populations. Breakout sessions will cover the legal and fiscal responsibilities of organizational leaders, techniques for enhancing safety in neighborhoods and ideas for environmental stewardship initiatives. A complete agenda appears below. Spots are still available and we encourage those who aspire to effective community and organizational leadership to sign up today.

The Leadership Institute will be followed this Spring by two “Neighborhood College” programs. A “Neighborhood College” runs one night a week for about seven weeks and is designed for those involved in, or who wish to become more involved in, their communities; community leaders and “worker bees.” The colleges teach participants about Fairfax County government and the tools available to the community, and conclude with hands-on “practicum” assignments where participants take on actual projects in their communities. More information on the Neighborhood Colleges will appear in the February issue of the Braddock Beacon.

The real work happens after training, though, as the particpants of these programs return to their community organizations and help craft their own community enhancement initiatives. The CEI leadership team is developing metrics for use in evaluating the program as a whole and for individual communities and organizations to use in evaluating the programs they launch under this Initiative. 

Braddock District Leadership Institute - Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Opening Session
    o Supervisor Cook – Vision for the Braddock District
    o Deputy County Executive – Patricia Harrison
    o Bill Barfield, Braddock District Council Chair

                 General Session I

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Fairfax County as a Community Partner
Understand the county’s Vision Elements and how your neighborhood’s commitment to a thriving community helps to sustain that vision.

9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Leadership: Sustaining the Commitment to Your Community’s Vision
Discover the art of engaging a broad group of stakeholders to achieve sustaining results for your community. Discuss how to increase buy-in and shared ownership of community projects and initiatives. Share strategies on how to nurture new leaders, increase volunteerism and plan for succession.

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:05 a.m. –12:05 p.m. Workshops (Choose 1)

    A.Creating and Maintaining Safe Neighborhoods
Not solely the responsibility of the local law enforcement agency, but also the responsibility of residents, businesses, schools and many other stakeholders. Discover the importance of engaging various stakeholders together to maintain/create a safe community for all. Repeated at 1:35 p.m.

    B.The Nuts & Bolts of Managing and Sustaining Community Organizations
Learn about the state statutes that govern homeowners, condominium and civic/community associations. Discover best practices on how to manage your organization’s legal and fiscal responsibilities. Hear ideas on how to successfully plan for succession and long term sustainability of your organization. Repeated at 1:35 p.m.

    C.Environmental Stewardship
The concept of Environmental Stewardship has been one that government and the private sector has taken the lead on in the past. Today, more and more communities recognize the need and importance of engaging individuals and their communities in preserving and strengthening the environment. Find out from residents who serve on the County’s Environmental Coordinating Council and how each of us can make a difference.

                 General Session II

12:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Human Capital and Engaging Diverse Populations
In this session topics include understanding the various demographic groups in your community. Share successful ideas for engaging the skills and passions of everyone in your community.

1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Break

1:50 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Workshops (Choose 1)

    D. Creating and Maintaining Safe Neighborhoods

    E. The Nuts & Bolts of Managing and Sustaining Community Organizations

    F. Emergency Preparedness
Learn about Fairfax County’s emergency response plan, what you should do in the event of a disaster and steps you can take today to be ready for an emergency.

                 General Session III

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Bringing It All Together – Neighborhood Planning
When it comes to getting things done in your neighborhood, hard work is important but you can’t underestimate the importance of effective planning. This session will give an overview of the key elements of effective Neighborhood Planning

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Session 


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